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Monday, May 6, 2013
Worley's path to PSU not always a lock

By Josh Moyer

Some days, when cornerback Daquan Worley awoke, he'd be a Penn State lean. Other times, Rutgers became the leader.

He felt in the week leading up to Friday's commitment, that pledging to PSU felt right "between 75 and 90 percent" of the time. But Worley needed that number to be at 100 percent -- so he postponed his announcement once on Monday and then again on Tuesday.

On Friday morning, that all changed for the two-way starter out of Coatesville (Pa.) High School.

Daquan Worley
The list of pros is what set Penn State apart from Rutgers for Daquan Worley.
Worley joined his high school coach, father and superintendent in the main office's conference room. His coach stood near a dry-erase board and peppered him with questions about his likes and dislikes with PSU and RU. Georgia Tech, also named as a finalist, was out of the running at that point.

"Going into that day, my coach was like, 'Who's your top school?' And I said Penn State," Worley said. "And he told me, even though it's Penn State right now, we're going to do a list of pros and cons. And that really helped."

The 5-foot-10, 171-pound prospect rattled off three or four cons for each school. But the Nittany Lions separated themselves when it came to listing the good. He came up with at least two pros for Rutgers -- his relationship with the coaching staff was No. 1 -- but the bulky marker was a bit busier on PSU's side.

Facilities. Strength coach. Academics. Proximity. Fanbase. NFL connections.

"It had a lot more pros -- a lot more pros," Worley said. "I knew then it was the right choice."

About five minutes after compiling that list, the DB phoned O'Brien and became the Nittany Lions' seventh pledge of the 2014 class. He's the first cornerback commit.

He first received a Penn State offer April 12 and knew then the race for his services would come down to Rutgers and Penn State. He just didn't know who would come out on top at that time.

He felt closer to Rutgers' staff, but he also felt as if PSU's academics -- and alumni connections -- were superior than what the Scarlet Knights had to offer. He called that "probably the deciding factor."

He wasn't always a lock to become a Nittany Lion. But on Sunday, while reflecting on that erasable list of pros and cons, he said that he's absolutely convinced he's making the right decision.

"I had to go with my heart and my gut," Worley said. "And they were telling me, 'Penn State.' "